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Charlotte, NC ( - Bradley Beal poured in 21 points and the Washington Wizards downed the Charlotte Bobcats, 97-83, to snap a three-game losing streak. Marcin Gortat scored 18 points and pulled down 13 rebounds, and John Wall chipped in with 17 points and eight assists for Washington, which got its first win of 2014 after losing at home to Dallas, Toronto and Golden State by an average of 12.6 points. Gerald Henderson paced the Bobcats with 27 points while Kemba Walker donated 19 in the club's sixth loss in seven games.

Final Score: Cleveland 111, Philadelphia 93

Cleveland, OH ( - C.J. Miles and the Cleveland Cavaliers found a way to turn the lights out on Philadelphia's road winning streak. They shot 'em out. Miles made 10 3-pointers to set the franchise record and scored 34 points and the Cavaliers cruised to a 111-93 win over the 76ers on Tuesday night without new addition Luol Deng. Miles tied the old Cavs record he shared with LeBron James, Wesley Person and Danny Ferry by going 8-of-10 in the first half. He played sparingly in the second half and made the last two in the fourth quarter, going 10-of-14 to fall two short of the NBA record of 12 shared by Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall. Kyrie Irving had 16 points for Cleveland after missing the previous three games with a bruised left knee and Anderson Varejao scored 18 points with 14 rebounds. The Cavs won for just the second time in 10 games despite missing Jarrett Jack (back spasms) for the second game in a row. They will have to wait longer to play alongside Deng. The All-Star forward was acquired from Chicago early Tuesday morning in exchange for suspended center Andrew Bynum, three future draft picks and the right to swap 2015 first-round picks with the Cavs. The Sixers had won nine of their previous 11 games against Cleveland and came into the game riding a four-game road winning streak, the victories coming in Western Conference cities Los Angeles, Sacramento, Denver and Portland. That streak ended with a thud, and the Sixers dropped their second game in a row overall, also losing Monday night at home to Minnesota 126-95. Sixers coach Brett Brown said his players must have been more fatigued from their five- game road trip than he realized. He gave Miles credit, but also found fault with the way his team defended the hot hand. Thaddeus Young, the reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week after averaging 25 points per game last week, was 0-for-7 and went scoreless for the Sixers. Rookie Michael Carter-Williams had a career-high 33 points in the loss.

Final Score: Indiana 86, Toronto 79

Indianapolis, IN ( - Roy Hibbert scored 22 points while leading a strong defensive effort that propelled the Indiana Pacers to an 86-79 win over the Toronto Raptors at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Lance Stephenson flirted with a triple-double after amassing 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, helping Indiana offset an off night from star Paul George and notch its eighth win in nine games. The Pacers' lone loss over that stretch came to the Raptors in Toronto on New Year's Day. George struggled to record 11 points while saddled with foul trouble for much of the evening, but his team prevailed behind its defense and a sharp performance at the free throw line. The Pacers held Toronto to 37 percent shooting from the field and went 21-of-26 from the charity stripe, with Hibbert making all but one of his 13 attempts. Toronto did receive 28 points from DeMar DeRozan and 20 off the bench out of Patrick Patterson in the loss, the Raptors' second straight following a season-high five-game win streak.

Final Score: Miami 107, New Orleans 88

Miami, FL ( - LeBron James scored 32 points and the Miami Heat used a big second half to run away from the New Orleans Pelicans, 107-88, on Tuesday. Dwyane Wade added 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for Miami, which outscored the Pelicans 64-39 in the final 24 minutes after trailing by six at halftime. Chris Andersen added 15 points off the bench on 7-of-7 shooting. The Heat were without starters Mario Chalmers (Achilles) and Shane Battier (quad). Both players are considered day-to-day. Anthony Davis had 22 points and 12 rebounds in the losing effort. Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans contributed 15 and 13 points, respectively, as New Orleans lost for the third time in four games.

Final Score: New York 89, Detroit 85

New York, NY ( - Carmelo Anthony poured in a game-high 34 points to lead the New York Knicks to an 89-85 win over the Detroit Pistons from Madison Square Garden. Andrea Bargnani registered a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds and Raymond Felton scored 12 points for New York, which has won eight straight at home over Detroit. Josh Smith and Andre Drummond each deposited double-doubles for the Pistons with Smith recording 21 points and 12 boards, while Drummond had 12 points and 17 rebounds. Greg Monroe had 19 points to go along with seven rebounds in Detroit's fifth consecutive loss.

Final Score: Chicago 92, Phoenix 87

Chicago, IL ( - Joakim Noah scored 14 points to go with 16 rebounds and six assists as the shorthanded Chicago Bulls took a 92-87 win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. The Bulls, who were without the services of starting power forward Carlos Boozer (sore right knee), dealt two-time All-Star Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers early Tuesday morning. The Bulls received Andrew Bynum, who was promptly waived, along with a first round pick and a pair of second rounders for the third-longest tenured player in franchise history. Taj Gibson scored a team-high 19 points and pulled down 10 boards filling in for Boozer. Jimmy Butler and D.J. Augustin added 13 points apiece, with Augustin also dishing out nine assists for Chicago, winners in three straight. Goran Dragic scored a game-high 21 points and Gerald Green added 15 on 3-for-10 shooting from 3-pount range. Channing Frye and Miles Plumlee added 11 points and seven rebounds apiece for the Suns, who have dropped two of their last three.

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